Many of these ideas came from my teacher, Vince Trombetta, to whom I give full credit. Use different articulations. The written ones are good and quite detailed, but try playing the etudes totally legato which may help increase speed or totally staccato. Jazz saxophonists can play them with a basic swing articulation and feel.
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I could barely play and he said he didnt want to teach me. But he suggested that I buy a book which would help me. I bought it and started working through it on my own. It is just rows and rows of notes, with very little rhythm. But it felt melodic. But, as we all do, I got fed up and dumped it and moved on to something else. It lay in an ever growing pile of sax related music that I began to accumulate, and was never used again Twice in one day.
I was watching an interview on You Tube with the guy who is the jazz sax tutor at Juilliard music school in New York. He was asked what study books he used with his students. Later that day I was listening to a recording of Charlie Parker warming up.
I think this has only just come to light. Lots of scale stuff etc. Then he plays a little classical sounding excerpt. So, I look out the book again and decide to use it again. Only now I practice things a lot better than I used to Ive been making up my own articulation patterns and also changing the rhythms around etc etc etc But I think simply slurring everything is a good way in, as it can reveal faults in your technique that tonguing can sometimes hide.
I googled the book and found that it is on line now for FREE. So, I thought I would flag it up to all you folks. I cant remember where I saw the Charlie Parker or Juilliard stuff. If I remember, I will link to it. Here is a clip of him playing exercise 7, with a backing track.
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